CareTalk: Blog for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Get insights and inspiration from Nemours’ experts in Hematology/Oncology.
If your child is diagnosed with a pediatric blood disorder, Nemours’ pediatric hematology experts are here to help. Our board-certified hematologists (pediatric hematology doctors who specialize in conditions of the blood) evaluate, diagnose, and treat all types of blood disorders in children, including sickle cell anemia.
Our family-centered approach focuses on your whole child, not just the blood disorder. In addition to specialized treatments, we offer complementary therapies to help minimize your child’s fears about what’s to come next. Our highly-trained team of doctors, pediatric hematology nurses, social workers, psychologists, and others on your child’s care team will help guide you throughout your child’s treatments.
Phone: (850) 505-4700
Bring these forms for your first appointment:
Make-A-Wish Foundation: This is the nation’s largest wish-granting organization, giving hope, strength, and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Dreams Come True: This organization grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses between the ages of 2½ and 18.
Camp Boggy Creek: Located in Eustis, FL, this year-round, free camp works in association with the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and is open to children with cancer and blood disorders between the ages of 7 and 16, and their siblings.
Camp Rap-a-Hope: This free, weeklong summer camp in Mobile, AL, is for children with cancer, ages 7 to 17.
As a parent, you’re always concerned with keeping your child safe and healthy. So when your child is diagnosed with a blood disorder, you’d do most anything to get the best medical treatment for your child. At Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola, our pediatric hematologists (doctors who specialize in treating blood disorders in children) have the experience and knowledge to meet the physical and emotional needs of your child and your family.
Children who need to be admitted to the hospital are cared for at the Thomas Jenkins Oncology Unit at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital (one of the many health care providers we partner with to extend our Nemours’ quality of care) named after a Nemours oncologist, for his dedication and research to children with cancer.
Also, when your child needs chemotherapy treatment and other infusion procedures such as a blood transfusion, our team of pediatric hematology specialists will care for your child at Sacred Heart’s Pediatric Infusion Center – geared in a pediatric setting with specially trained hematology and oncology nurses.
Our pediatric hematology experts are knowledgeable in treating children with hemophilia, an inherited, uncontrolled bleeding disorder. Children diagnosed with hemophilia either lack or have a low supply of proteins in their blood called “factors:” factor VIII or factor IX. These factors help your child’s blood to clot after an injury, preventing excessive bleeding.
Our family-centered approach focuses on your whole child, not just the disease. Helping to guide you throughout your child’s diagnosis and treatment, our highly trained team includes an entire collection of health care providers and support service members:
In addition to specialized treatments, we offer complementary services to help kids feel better physically and emotionally, such as:
We may know how to treat your child’s condition, but no one knows your child better than you. That’s why we want you to be an active participant in the decision-making process for your child’s treatment. We’ll explain every step in easily understandable terms, present all options (including alternative methods), and invite your input.
Whatever you’re facing, know that at Nemours we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most compassionate treatment possible. We treat every child as we would our own — your child, our promise.